Costume Time

All the World is a Stage

18th Century gentleman’s coat.

Since this is a costume time of year, I thought it would be fun to post photos of some costumes. However, these costumes aren’t for trick or treaters though they could be worn to a masquerade party.

These outfits are from the University of Puget Sound Theater Arts Department. When the card catalogs at Collins Memorial Library were removed and replaced by computer stations in a different location, the area where the card catalogs used to be was turned into a display space.

Even though I love my old college this isn’t an ad for Puget Sound or the Theater Arts Department, but I would recommend the school to anyone. Some of my best years were spent there, not as a drama major, but as an English major. While going to school and afterward I attended many plays at the university. The Theater Arts department is very good. They’ve put on some ambitious productions. I love theater and used to go see pretty much anything that moved on stage. Movies are fun, but theater is more fun. 

19th Century lady’s dress.

Theater Arts students sew the costumes.

I was fortunate enough to take part in a London Stage and Concert Hall tour sponsored by the University of Washington. What a blast! Two weeks of plays, concerts, and opera. Sometimes there were three performances a day–early afternoon, late afternoon, and evening. Extreme culture saturation. We even went to a music hall performance; it was kind of like vaudeville.

This could be a costume from Caesar and Cleopatra, but actually, Babes in Arms.
Imagine the work that went into creating such detail.

I copied this information from the Puget Sound Theater Arts department website.

This is what students can learn:

  • To be collaborative, informed, imaginative
  • To make, understand, and evaluate theatre events
  • To speak and write persuasively and honestly
  • To manage long-term projects and bring them to fruition
  • To create and execute public events

This is what students could become

  • Actor
  • Playwright
  • Event Planner
  • Producer/Project Manager
  • Stage Manager, Stage Technician
  • Artistic Director, Managing Director

These skills could also come in handy for newscasters, lawyers, and politicians. I’m sure no one here thought these folks were genuine. Actually, none of us are. If we were, we would not be admitted into polite society. Genuineness is overrated. If we were, we’d all go around in our genuine birthday suits, burping, scratching our hindquarters, and armpits, taking anything we want. squatting behind a tree to…

As Shakespeare said in As You Like It…

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.  (You know, the natural look--geniune_

Cool looking, but none too comfortable to wear.

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